Our students and staff came together this morning to pay their respects to armed forces members who lost their lives in the line of duty, at a Remembrance Day ceremony held at the academy.

The event was led by Mark Lees, assistant principal at The Holgate Academy, with prefects reading Remembrance Day messages focusing on war and the price of freedom, including quotes from writers Rudyard Kipling and Maya Angelou. Uniformed RAF Air Cadets, Scouts and St John’s Ambulance representatives attended the event.

All tutor groups were represented, with a student from each bearing a poster with a poppy they had designed as a group during tutor time.

Academy music teacher Mr Butterworth gave a live rendition of The Last Post and Reveille on the bugle.

The half-hour event was live-streamed around the academy, enabling all students and staff to pay their respects.

One student said: “I have family in the army, so this was important to me.”

Another added: “It is important to not forget any of them.”

Mr Lees said: “Our ceremony of remembrance reminds us that we enjoy certain freedoms today only because of the sacrifices made by brave men and women in the past.

“It’s right that we take time to remember them and our students always do this in a very respectful way at our annual Holgate event.”

National two-minute silences will be held at 11am on both days this weekend, as Armistice Day falls on Saturday 11 November and Sunday 12 November is Remembrance Sunday.